Cauliflower keema curry with capers and potatoes

13 Jan

cauliflower kheema curry with capers and potatoesThe comfort zone

Have I just said a dirty word. I’m familiar with that semi-laugh and the quiet roll of the eyes, ‘she’s in the comfort zone’. I heard it when I said I didn’t want a more senior role at work a few years ago and when I didn’t want to move out of london. It’s a dirty phrase.

Apparently people don’t grow when they don’t push themselves out of their comfort zone. If you do what you have always done, you will be and keep getting what you always have. People don’t have jobs for life anymore and  honestly, I think people who stand still for too long somehow attract  less admiration than those who keep moving. Change is the only constant, it appears.

We must live in different places and make new friends, it broadens the mind and ensures we don’t get too bogged down it seems. We should change our hairstyles and our clothing style. Holiday in new places, rather than the same ones and we should definitely learn a new language.

Must we? Should we? Need we? Why.

Growing and developing has been important to me for many years in my life. Having said that, I wonder what is so wrong if people are happy in the comfort zone, especially if the zone is a pretty pleasant one. Why not feel grateful in the blessings of the calm and reassured and general peace that comes with a happy constant? What’s wrong with standing still and soaking in the goodness that you enjoy and the rays of easiness that today brings?

Today is a day that I am finding my comfort. A few crisps, chatting with loved ones, playing with my boy, TV junk and a blanket. Tastiest of all, a cauliflower keema with an unusual introduction of capers.

My cauliflower is grated, but I put it in the food processor so was readywithin a few blinks. Cauliflower is lovely this way, it mingles so well with the curry gravy. Often people add peas but today I wanted a zing and a kick of sourness. I needed it, it had been one of those days.

Ingredients to serve four

One large cauliflower, grated (or in a food processor)
2 tomatoes, chopped
3-4 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
One large green chilli, chopped
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp minced ginger
One onion, diced finely
Salt to taste
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
A pinch of asafoetida
4-5 new potatoes
4 tbsp capers
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp garam masala

1. Boil the potatoes for 5-6minutes and then drain them in cool water.
2.Heat the oil in a pan and add the asafoetida. Let It sizzle then add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric and allow the seeds to sizzle and pop.
3. Stir in the onion and salt and sauté for a couple of minutes. Then add the ginger and sauté until the onion has softened. Add the coriander powder and then the tomatoes. Soften the tomatoes and add the garam masala as they soften.
4. Add the grated cauliflower, capers and potatoes and cook for approximately ten minutes.

Serve hot with lashings of Raitha and chappati. Sleep well.

18 Responses to “Cauliflower keema curry with capers and potatoes”

  1. thespicescribe January 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Love using cauli this way, it absorbs flavours so well – I do an upma-style dish with gentle Southern spices. : )

    • Deena Kakaya January 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Zoe, great to see a comment from you! Upma with grated cauliflower sounds fab, I will have to try it x

  2. greenmackenzie January 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    This sounds so delicious and comforting…..all my favourite spices 🙂

  3. EA-The Spicy RD January 14, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    Nothing wrong at all with being in your comfort zone! This is such a yummy looking curry, although I will confess I am not the hugest caper fan-a little too salty for me-but I love everything else about this comforting recipe 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya January 14, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      My lovely spicy friend! You could em substitute the capers peas, corn or nothing at all! Hope you’ll try it out xx

  4. foodbod January 14, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Looks lovely – and, yes, comforting!! You enjoy your zone, I love mine!!

  5. Joanne January 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I really don’t think comfort is so bad, it’s when we get complacent and start settling for less that’s bad. This keema looks like TOTAL comfort food!

    • Deena Kakaya January 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

      I agree, but then if people find comfort in complacency then fine, settling for less and being unhappy with it is a whole new thing.

      This one made me feel loads better after I’d had one of those days. Thank you again Joanne xx

  6. thejameskitchen January 16, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Deena,
    oh, all your recipes look fantastic, we’ll have this cauliflower curry very very soon (I love capers and since I am the only here that does, I get them all). Thanks, see you quite regularly, I think, Nicole.

    • Deena Kakaya January 16, 2014 at 8:39 am #

      Hi Nicole, it’s great to hear from you. I’m so glad you like my recipes. I’ve been snooping round your lovely site too! Great to connect and I hope you’ll enjoy this unusual cauliflower keema with capers xx

      • thejameskitchen January 16, 2014 at 8:48 am #

        Yes, it is really nice to connect, I am quite sure you’ll like one of the next chickpea recipes (maybe tomorrow), although it might not really be authentic from any indian cuisine. Got to dash and buy curry leaves. Nicole.

        • Deena Kakaya January 16, 2014 at 8:49 am #

          Love curry leaves, I will check it out Nicole x

  7. Deena Kakaya January 17, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you so much for including my comforting and unusual cauliflower keema with Capers x


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